Skin Cancer Education

INFORMED (INternet curriculum FOR Melanoma Early Detection) is transforming melanoma education by engaging the learner. In addition, the INFORMED program provides training in dermoscopy (epiluminescence microscopy), which has been proven to increase diagnostic accuracy during the skin examination.

An increasing body of evidence indicates that effective early detection is our best hope for cutting melanoma deaths by at least half in the near future.

Conventional education programs have had the effect of stabilizing mortality rates despite steadily increasing incidence trends, but we need to change our methods to get a substantial reduction in deaths. Today, knowledge and skills for melanoma screening remain low in primary care, the performance of thorough skin self-examination remains low, and education of clinicians remains focused on teaching variations of the ABCDs of melanoma in conventional formats.

– Dr. Martin Weinstock


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